Pittsburgh Steelers Team Needs for 2013 NFL Draft

Team Needs

1. Outside Linebacker

2. Defensive end

3. Wide Receiver

4. Nose Tackle

5. Cornerback

6. Safety

7. Tight end


With the release of linebacker James Harrison, Pittsburgh has a major need at finding a rush linebacker. Their pass rush has declined in recent years, which is surprising for a Pittsburgh defense. In addition to an outside linebacker, the Steelers could use upgrades along the defensive line. Both a defensive end who can push the pocket and a nose tackle for controlling the run.

With the loss of Mike Wallace, and Emmanuel Sanders a restricted free agent, wide receiver represents both a short and long term need for Pittsburgh. Expect them to address this position early in the draft. Tight end is another need for the Steelers, as top TE Heath Miller is coming back from late season knee surgery.

With the loss of cornerback Keenan Lewis in free agency, the Steelers could use another starter opposite Ike Taylor. Expect this position in the mid-rounds. Though Troy Polamalu and Ryan Clark remain the league’s best safety tandems, they missed a significant amount of time in recent seasons. With Pittsburgh losing both of their back-up safeties in free agency, quality depth has become a need for them at this position.


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